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John 18:10-20 (New International Version)

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10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11 Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup1 the Father has given me?"

Jesus Taken to Annas

18:12,13pp -- Mt 26:57

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials2 arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,3 the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.4

Peter's First Denial

18:16-18pp -- Mt 26:69,70; Mk 14:66-68; Lk 22:55-57

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest,5 he went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard,6 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in. 17 "You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, "I am not."7 18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire8 they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.9

The High Priest Questions Jesus

18:19-24pp -- Mt 26:59-68; Mk 14:55-65; Lk 22:63-71

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 "I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues10 or at the temple,11 where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret.12
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